Ortiz Seeks to Lower "Driving While Intoxicated” Blood Alcohol Concentration Level from .08% to .05%

January 18, 2018

Assistant Speaker Felix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) has reintroduced legislation to lower a driver’s blood alcohol concentration level when determining if the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired.

A recently released report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has determined one way to help bring down the nation’s 10,000 alcohol-impaired deaths each year is for states to lower the blood alcohol concentration for driving while intoxicated from .08 to .05.

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“Since my first term in the Assembly, I have sponsored legislation to make our roads safer. My legislation to ban cell phone use by drivers was the first in the United States,” said Ortiz.

“More recently, I introduced “Evan’s Law” to permit law enforcement officers to conduct field tests at an accident site to help determine whether a cell phone was in use by the driver before the accident occurred."

"We must always be proactive – and not reactive – when it comes to driver and passenger safety on our roads. I will make every effort to see this legislation enacted quickly."